Doubtful Sound, Te Anau

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Water Body · Wildlife Area
Explore the many twists and turns of Doubtful Sound, a large fjord where calm, dark blue water is flanked by green mountain peaks. The sound was named by Captain Cook in the 16th century because he was unsure if it was accessible by sailboat; today, access to this isolated area is restricted to boat cruises and bus trips. To get more out of your visit, consider an overnight cruise or kayaking in the sound. The unspoiled wilderness area supports rare marine life like bottlenose dolphins, penguins, fur seals, and sometimes whales. Using our custom trip planner, Te Anau attractions like Doubtful Sound can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Perfect overnight stay with the company. Extremely helpful with transport to and from the starting point of Manapouri...the staff looked after us incredibly well .big yhank you to Shaun and Jenny...  more »
  • I went on the Doubtful Sound trip. Great experience and staff had knowledge of the area which they shared for the duration of the trip. We saw dolphins, penguins, fur seals, albatross and mutton...  more »
  • Save your time and money and go to Milford Sound instead. Average views, I was very bored for most of the journey. At Milford I saw seals, dolphins and a penguin and here I got to see the same scenery for the whole duration.
  • Four seasons in one. We had rain, then snow on the mountain peaks and finally beautiful sunshine. Captain Cook named it Doubtful sound. We saw seals, dolphins and were lucky enough to see a penguin sailing past the boat. It was a delightful trip.

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